This will be the second Ilhan Omar post of the day.
Earlier today we were treated to Congresswoman Omar backing the mass murdering Venezuelan socialst dictator, Nicolas Maduro, over the elected head of the state assembly taking power in a Venezuelan constitutionally justified way, because Orange Man bad.
If that was the worst Ilhan Omar news of the day, falsely accusing the US of engaging in a coup against a socialist tyrant that has destroyed his country is pretty bad.
That’s not the worst Ilhan Omar news of the day.
The Somali community of Minnesota has a problem with its young men. They like to run off to join ISIS.
A group of nine Minnesotans from the Somali community were arrested, tried, and convicted for trying to obtain fake passports and travel to Syria to fight with ISIS against allied troop, among other terror related charges.
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who has been celebrated as one of the new progressive firebrand freshmen Democrats, the first Somali-American in Congress, and the first woman to wear Hijab in Congress, decided to represent her constituents in the the best way she knows how.
To write a letter to the judge asking for leniency at sentencing.
Keep in mind these men were persistent in trying to join ISIS after the FBI had tried to stop them multiple times.
Honorable Judge Davis,
As you undoubtedly deliberate with great caution the sentencing of nine recently convicted Somali-American men, I bring to your attention the ramifications of sentencing young men who made a consequential mistake to decades in federal prison. Incarcerating 20-year-old men for 30 or 40 years is essentially a life sentence. Society will have no expectations of the to be 50 or 60-year-old released prisoners; it will view them with distrust and revulsion. Such punitive measures not only lack efficacy, they inevitably create an environment in which extremism can flourish, aligning with the presupposition of terrorist recruitment: “Americans do not accept you and continue to trivialize your value. Instead of being a nobody, be a martyr.”
They tried to join a group that captures women and girls, rapes them, and sells them into sex slavery, lights people on fire, chops off hands, makes snuff porn of slitting throats and cutting off heads, and throws gays off of buildings.
They were going to leave the safety and comfort of America to join this group to commit these atrocities.
A life sentence is more merciful than they deserve.
The best deterrent to fanaticism is a system of compassion. We must alter our attitude and approach; if we truly want to affect change, we should refocus our efforts on inclusion and rehabilitation. A long-term prison sentence for one who chose violence to combat direct marginalization is a statement that our justice system misunderstands the guilty. A restorative approach to justice assesses the lure of criminality and addresses it.
These poor boys only wanted to join a terrorist cell because they were the victims of marginalization in America. It’s really the Unites State’s fault.
The desire to commit violence is not inherent to people — it is the consequences of systematic alienation; people seek violent solutions when the process established for enacting change is inaccessible to them.
The religion of peace… that flies planes into buildings, runs over people on sidewalks, stabs pregnant women and the elderly at bus stops, and bombs anywhere that people gather. It’s not that inherent violence, it’s that they are the victims of American oppression.
Fueled by disaffection turned to malice, if the guilty were willing to kill and be killed fighting perceived injustice, imagine the consequence of them hearing, “I believe you can be rehabilitated. I want you to become part of my community, and together we will thrive.” We use this form of distributive justice for patients with chemical dependencies; treatment and societal reintegration. The most effective penance is making these men ambassadors of reform.
I think she misspelled “terrorist recruiters.”
The restorative approach provides a long-term solution – though the self-declared Islamic State may soon suffer defeat, their radical approach to change-making will continue as it has throughout history – by criminalizing the undergirding construct rather than its predisposed victims. Therein, this ruling can set a precedent and has the potential to be a landmark case in addressing extremism.
Calling bombings, torture, and mass murder a “radical approach to change-making” is one hell of a euphemism.
See, the best way to fight radical ideological terrorism is to give the potential terrorists a slap on the wrist. Go woke, go broke. And by broke I mean blown the hell up.
Thank you for your careful attention,
State Representative-Elect – MN 60B
Remember, these guys were going overseas to try and kill US troops.
A member of Congress wants the judge to take it easy on people who tired to join a foreign terrorist cell that kills American military personnel.
At what point does the word “treason” stop being hyperbole and becomes an indictment.
We have met the enemy and she is the duly elected representative from the state of Minnesota to the United States House of Representatives.